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    George Melly, jazz singer - born 17 August 1926 in Liverpool,educated at Stowe public school where he discovered his interest in modern art, jazz and blues. He rose to fame with Mick Mulliganís Magnolia Jazz Band. From 1965-1973 he was a critic for The Observer. He also lectures on art history.

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    George Melly, jazz legend, writer and raconteur, was born in 1926 and made his name in the late 40s and 50s, singing with Mick Mulligan's band. In the 1960s he switched careers and became one of the UK's most ubiquitous critics, writers and TV personalities. He has published many books, including his acclaimed three previous volumes of autobiography: Owning Up (1965), Rum, Bum and Concertina (1977) and Scouse Mouse (1984). In 2004 George Melly was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Jazz Awards.

    Just got back from listening to him giving a reading at Liverpool Art School from his new book Slowing Down. My favourite quote from George this evening: "Tony Blair is a c*nt". George might be approaching eighty but hasn't lost his knack for plain speaking.

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    George Melly, jazz legend, writer and raconteur, was born in 1926 and made his name in the late 40s and 50s, singing with Mick Mulligan's band. In the 1960s he switched careers and became one of the UK's most ubiquitous critics, writers and TV personalities. He has published many books, including his acclaimed three previous volumes of autobiography: Owning Up (1965), Rum, Bum and Concertina (1977) and Scouse Mouse (1984). In 2004 George Melly was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Jazz Awards.

    Just got back from listening to him giving a reading at Liverpool Art School from his new book Slowing Down. My favourite quote from George this evening: "Tony Blair is a c*nt". George might be approaching eighty but hasn't lost his knack for plain speaking.
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    I remember having a few old records of his, the only one I can recall was something like '???????? was a railroadin' man, yeah lord.' Tho. I didn't know he was one of us.

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    I love George Melly. I seen an 'Audience with George Melly' in Liverpool about 10 years ago. You could listen to him talk and sing all night
    He's funny, witty and a great entertainer.

    I've read two of his books; 'Rum Bum & Concertina' and 'Scousemouse'

    He lived in the Sefton Park area - off Lark lane.

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    Not sure if I've posted these a while back - but here are a couple of pics of George Melly. We went to see him sometime around early 90s.

    He was very entertaining with his jazz singing and story telling. A very witty and articulate man.
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    Thanks, Lindy.

    A very entertaining man.
    He's written some good books.
    Here's One:
    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...97773410&nsa=1

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    I read that one awhile back, Phil. Thought it was quite good

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    I've read it too.

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    You may have lent it to me Lindy

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    Default George Melly has died.

    A true son of Liverpool and a unique character.

    R.I.P.

    http://news.google.com/news?q=%22geo...=news&ct=title
    Last edited by PhilipG; 07-05-2007 at 10:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    A true son of Liverpool and a unique character.

    R.I.P.

    http://news.google.com/news?q=%22geo...=news&ct=title
    I'll second that.

    R.I.P. Mr Melly.
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    I'm so sad about George Melly. He was a great character.

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    He will be greatly missed and his life will be much celebrated.
    Good obiturary in today's Guardian:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries...119217,00.html

    I quite like the picture it paints of Liverpool.

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    Jazz musician George Melly has died at his London home aged 80, his wife Diana has confirmed.

    Melly was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year. Two years ago he was also discovered to have lung cancer.

    Born in Liverpool in 1928, Melly made his name in the jazz trad scene singing with Mick Mulligan's band in the late 40s and 50s

    In the 60s he changed careers becoming one of the UK's most respected critics, often writing about film and TV.

    Despite suffering health problems, he had continued to be active in music and writing.

    He leaves behind his wife Diana, who he married in 1963, his son Tom, his daughter Pandora, his step-daughter Candy and four grandchildren.

    http://itn.co.uk/news/ba8bc745d09632...33de9217c.html


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Melly
    Last edited by john; 07-05-2007 at 09:35 PM.
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